Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival, and in association with that event, many local wineries also have their open houses on Sunday. Tantara is no exception! Located on the grounds of Bien Nacido, they make divalicious single vineyard pinot noirs and also a few wonderful whites to boot. I can't wait to meet with winemaker Bill Cates and to try some of his new offerings! The event is open to the public and the cost is $25.
So even if you can't make it up this weekend to hang with the Diva, look for my article on the trip as well as reviews of the wines we're fortunate enough to be able to sample!
From Tantara's email invitation:
Sure, Tantara will be represented at the Vintners' Festival on Saturday, but we're saving our A-game for Sunday. The Open House is where we'll preview as-yet-unreleased wines from the 2007 vintage (an historic year that has everyone anticipating great things), as well as sample bottles from the 2006 vintage. A mouthwatering Santa Maria Style feast, live music, and the pastoral beauty of the surrounding Bien Nacido Vineyard always make this a day to remember. The cost to attend the Open House is $25 and reservations are not necessary.
DIRECTIONS TO TANTARA
from Highway 101 in Santa Maria, California
1. Take Betteravia exit and go East.
2. Drive approximately 8 miles from Hwy 101 overpass and Betteravia - take left at the "Y" onto Santa Maria Mesa Rd.
3. Drive approx. 0.6 miles to Ontiveros Lane and turn Left.
4. Drive about 1.3 miles through vineyard on Ontiveros Lane until you arrive at Tantara Winery.
Caution: Do not use GPS or any other mapping device/software to find your way to the winery.